For fun-loving ladies looking for a narrower ski for all-mountain terrain and conditions, the 2020 Line Pandora 84 is a fantastic choice. Built with an Aspenlite wood core, the Pandora is quick and feathery. Don’t let that fool you, they’re still pretty stiff and stable, especially underfoot. The Capwall construction consists of a cap in the tips and tails and a vertical sidewall underfoot. This gives you fantastic edge grip and control in the deepest parts of the turn, while remaining light and nimble in the tips and tails. With a 13-meter turn radius, they prefer to be on edge, but since they’re pretty forgiving, that turn radius can be manipulated and re-shaped as the pilot prefers. This comes in handy in the moguls and trees where turns need to be achieved at different rates of speed and intensity. With a weight of 1339 grams per ski, you can pretty much put them wherever you want, as the maneuverability of the Pandora 88 is off the charts. Our testers were huge fans of the nimble nature of the skis, and loved the all-mountain versatility that’s built right in.
Allison Ruschp skied the 165 and found it to be appropriately sized. She gave a lot of high scores, with 5’s given for stability, quickness, playfulness, forgiveness, and edge hold. These are some pretty interesting categories to get 5’s in, especially for an all-wood ski like the Pandora 84. It must be built well, otherwise those scores might not be so high and consistent. Her overall score of 4.5 is echoed by her comments. “Another ski I was pleasantly surprised by. Lightweight, but handles very well. Skis like it has metal in it but it doesn’t. This ski has a range of skiers; it’s light weight and forgiving, yet has enough stiffness to arc longer turns.” In terms of the overall nature and character of the ski, Alli “loved the shape of this ski. It glides in and out of turns easily and without any grabbiness or throwing out of the turn.” Sounds like you can just lean into it and get out what you put in, no more no less, and that’s a very good thing for these all-mountain front side skis.
Also on the 165, Catherine Ferguson might be a bit too powerful of a skier to fully appreciate the light weight and maneuverability. She astutely notes that these are not marketed or built for skiers like her, and that’s a good thing to know when not only testing, but also purchasing skis. Catherine’s high scores were given for quickness, maneuverability, and versatility. This is not shocking given her strength as a skier. She notes that “these skis would be great for an intermediate skier. Once I started accelerating, they loosened up a bit.” Catherine skis pretty fast, and we doubt that most skiers who are interested in these skis are as technically proficient and aggressive as she. As such, Catherine thinks “they would be perfect for someone who enjoys mellow cruisers.” Hey, there are a lot of skiers out there who meet that description. Whether it was the lack of metal or the shorter size, the Pandora 84 certainly has its crowd, and it’s all about finding who that is.
For front side carving and all-mountain exploring, the 2020 Line Pandora 84 has a lot of good things going for it. The wood core and the friendly shape make it super-easy and fun to rip around the whole hill on these things, and you’ll love the overall ability of them to make any type, shape, and style turn that you need to at any point in the run. They’re very useful in that regard, among many others.